While on Twitter the other night, I saw that someone had posted a link they found in “Kink-Aware Professionals.” So I checked it out, and found this.
Go ahead. Go read for a while. I’ll wait. You don’t have to read it all; I recommend scanning Who We Are and Services.
So. What was your instinctive reaction? Mine was horror. And I’m not really sure why.
Reading through it, it sounds quite legitimate and non-exploitive. Spanking used as therapy. Pretty much like what we’ve talked about many times in the various forums, about how spanking can induce catharsis, emotional release, tears, guilt purging. Increase endorphins and elevate moods, etc. So why does this sound creepy to me?
Maybe it’s the New Age-y feel of it. The cheerful photos of flowers and a woman frolicking in the ocean. The descriptions of the man and woman who run this clinic, institute, whatever it is.
“Rev. Jenellen Fischer… is a Spiritual Counselor, Liturgical Singer, Reiki Master, Intuitive Empath, Energetic Healer, and a Sensual Shaman, utilizing sensual energy for the healing of geographic locations, people, and animals.”
“Steve Karuna Maitri has been a Zen Buddhist practitioner…for more than a decade….[H]e combines mindfulness meditation, deep listening, spanking and massage to help his clients transform their lives and move forward on the path towards being whole.”
I dunno… I never thought of spanking as a companion of aromatherapy and having my chakras cleaned. Does the arrangement of their spanking furniture have the proper feng shui? And how do you know when a geographic location is healed, anyway?
OK, suppose it’s legitimate; a safe place to explore spanking as a form of therapy. But what about people like us, for which spanking is either discipline, erotic, or both? Under Services, they say the treatment is completely non-sexual. They go on to say that it’s not about discipline or punishment. Then what is it, exactly?
I really don’t see this working for people who are already spanking fetishists/enthusiasts, because it doesn’t fulfill the fantasy aspect. And for people who aren’t… why the hell would they choose to get spanked? Why not just have the feel-good stuff — the massage, the listening, etc.? For someone who isn’t into spanking, why would they subject themselves to pain and “being treated like a child” — and pay for it, no less? (There is no mention anywhere on the site of the costs. I wonder what one shells out for this.)
Like I said, I’m not really sure why I’m so creeped out by this. So what do you guys think?
It’s Friday/Chross day. I’m in a bit of a melancholy place today, feeling the empty ache of various losses. Maybe my chi needs realigning. Or maybe I just need a warm hug and a kiss from John and a damn good spanking from ST. Fortunately, neither one of them is going anywhere. My rocks of Gibraltar.
Have a good weekend, y’all.